KUWAIT, Nov 22, (KUNA): The First Regional Geo-Information Conference will kick of here on Monday under the auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, with the participation of Arab and international field experts. The conference, which will continue until Nov 26, is organized by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in cooperation with Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS).
KISR’s Public Relations and Media Director and head of the conference’s media committee Dr Faihan Al-Otaibi told KUNA that the meeting was themed “Crisis Management and Early Warning Systems,” and the goal was to share experience and knowledge in geo-information applications in order to support decision-makers and plans for tackling natural and humanitarian disasters. “Crisis management and early warning systems are high-efficiency tools that counter and reduce the impact of natural and humanitarian disasters,” he said, explaining that geo-information techniques assisted in such situations by providing data that was vital to decision-makers. Moreover, he said early warning systems were now a necessity, adding that the conference would include sessions and workshops for experts, as well as an exhibition held on the sidelines for local and regional companies to present related technologies.
The First Regional Conference on Geoinformatics due to be held in Kuwait on Monday was described as crucial by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Saturday, in enhancing the leading role of Kuwait on the regional and international scales. The conference is to be held according to the instructions of Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said ministry spokesperson Colonel Mohammad Al-Sabr. Geographical information and remote sensing data are considered to be the most important tools used in the process, said Al-Sabr. Al-Sabr said that the conference will also discuss the concept of disaster management and early warning signs as well as shed light on the relation between tools and technology used in geoinformatics. Other issues on the agenda include revising a state proposal for the management of economical repercussions of crises and natural disasters.